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OFL Welcomes Ontario’s Public Pension Consultation

posted on December 17, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 17, 2014  OFL Welcomes Ontario’s Public Pension Consultation (TORONTO, ON) – “Today’s release of the Ontario Government consultation paper on the proposed Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP) marks the beginning of public deliberations on retirement security that Ontarians have been demanding for over twenty years,” said OFL President Sid Ryan. “It [...]

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Statement: OFL Calls for a Migrant Workers’ Bill of Rights to End Exploitation

posted on December 16, 2014

OFL STATEMENT December 16, 2014 OFL Calls for a Migrant Workers’ Bill of Rights to End Exploitation OFL Statement for December 18, 2014 International Migrants Day “Government raids, recruiter corruption, employer exploitation, poverty wages, squalid conditions, treacherous work, harassment, intimidation, gender discrimination and threats of deportation. These are just a few of the dangers threatening [...]

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Statement: Time for Canadians to Move Human Rights Barriers Aside

posted on December 9, 2014

OFL STATEMENT December 09, 2014  Time for Canadians to Move Human Rights Barriers Aside: OFL Statement for December 10, 2014, International Human Rights Day Around the world, December 10 is celebrated as International Human Rights Day to mark the anniversary of the United Nations’ adoption and proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in [...]

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CLC Video Exposes Workplace Impact of Domestic Violence

posted on December 8, 2014

A new Canadian Labour Congress video asks the question “Can work be safe when home is not?” The video promotes startling new research demonstrating that Canadian employers lose $77.9 million annually due to the direct and indirect impacts of domestic violence, and the costs, to individuals, families and society, go far beyond that. The Canadian [...]

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Message from Unions: Approval of Tim Hortons Deal is Double Double Trouble

posted on December 8, 2014

SEIU Healthcare, Unifor and Teamsters Local 647 have raised the alarm about the dire consequences of a corporate mega-merger that would see the Canadian coffee chain, Tim Hortons, chain gobbled up by Burger King. Immediately following the Harper government’s approval of the deal, the three unions issued a scathing statement, calling it “double double trouble” [...]

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Workplace fatalities reach 5-year high while WSIB pays millions to convicted companies and meager benefits to victims: Monday protest to demand justice

posted on December 8, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 5, 2014 Workplace fatalities reach 5-year high while WSIB pays millions to convicted companies and meager benefits to victims: Monday protest to demand justice (TORONTO, ON) – More workers were killed at work in 2013 than in any of the previous five years, says the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL), bringing [...]

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STATEMENT: Shining a Light on Violence Against Women

posted on December 5, 2014

OFL STATEMENT December 5, 2014  Shining a Light on Violence Against Women: OFL Statement for December 6, 2014, National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women December 6, 2014, marks the 25th anniversary of the 1989 École Polytechnique Massacre in which 14 women were murdered because they were women. The École Polytechnique was [...]

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Statement: 1.8 Million Ontarians with Disabilities Still Waiting for Justice

posted on December 3, 2014

OFL STATEMENT December 3, 2014  1.8 Million Ontarians with Disabilities Still Waiting for Justice: OFL Statement for International Day of Persons with Disabilities, December 3, 2014 December 3 marks the United Nations’ International Day of Persons with Disabilities. According to the UN, persons with disabilities make up 15 percent of the world’s population and it [...]

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Boycott Beer Cans to Demand Fairness for Crown Holdings Workers

posted on December 2, 2014

This holiday season, when you raise a bottle, instead of a can, you are supporting good jobs for workers and their families. Take a stand against union-busting by changing your Facebook profile picture to promote the USW beer can boycott this holiday season. Crown Holdings, the U.S.-based aluminum can giant, has forced its 120 Toronto [...]

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Rewarding Offenders – Read the OFL Report WSIB rebates for employers convicted of killing workers

posted on November 24, 2014

OFL Report “Rewarding Offenders” Exposes WSIB Ontario’s Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) is rebating millions of dollars each year to companies that have been found guilty of offences that resulted in employees being killed in workplace accidents. Over the three year period between 2011 and 2013, 135 employers who had been convicted of offences [...]

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RELEASE: Corporations Guilty of Killing Workers Being Rebated Millions of Dollars by WSIB: OFL Report

posted on November 24, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 24, 2014 Corporations Guilty of Killing Workers Being Rebated Millions of Dollars by WSIB: OFL Report   (TORONTO, ON) – A new report released today by the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) reveals that Ontario’s Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) is rebating millions of dollars each year to companies found [...]

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ADVISORY: OFL to Release Damning Report on WSIB Premium Rebates for Employers Convicted for Workplace Fatalities

posted on November 21, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 21, 2014 ADVISORY: OFL to Release Damning Report on WSIB Premium Rebates for Employers Convicted for Workplace Fatalities (TORONTO, ON) ─ On Monday, November 24, the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) will be releasing a damning report about the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB), demonstrating that Ontario’s workplace compensation system [...]

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It’s Time to Make Trans Human Rights the Law: OFL Statement on the Transgender Day of Remembrance, November 20, 2014

posted on November 19, 2014

OFL STATEMENT November 19, 2014 It’s Time to Make Trans Human Rights the Law: OFL Statement on the Transgender Day of Remembrance, November 20, 2014 November 20 is recognized around the world as the Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR). It is meant as a day to challenge prejudice and hatred, to memorialize those who have [...]

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Statement by OFL President Sid Ryan on Julie Davis

posted on November 14, 2014

It is with deep regret that I pass on to you the sad news today that our adored labour leader and trailblazer for women’s rights, Sister Julie Davis, has passed away. She was 68.

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Join the Health Care Day of Action on November 6

posted on November 4, 2014

Unifor is inviting you to join members from health care workplaces throughout Ontario for a day of action on November 6 beginning at 11:00 a.m. London, Sault Ste Marie, Sudbury, Thunder Bay.

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Video: Sid Ryan comments on Toronto mayoral race

posted on October 28, 2014

OFL President Sid Ryan congratulates Olivia Chow on a strong campaign, and urges newly elected Toronto Mayor John Tory to be ready to listen to all sides, and work with labour.

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Statement by Sid Ryan on Ottawa Shootings

posted on October 22, 2014

On this tragic day in Ottawa, we stand together in support of our sisters and brothers who work each day on Parliament Hill in service of our democracy, and the elected members from all parties. We also wish to extend our sincere thanks to the security personnel and first responders who kept them safe during this crisis.

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BDO Summary of Cash Flow Projection – Released Sept, 2014

posted on October 17, 2014

This cash flow projection was conducted by BDO at the request of the OFL Executive Board. BDO is one of the leading accounting and advisory firms in Canada, and has over 90 years of experience providing value-added assurance, accounting, tax and advisory services to a broad range of clients across the country. Attached is the [...]

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Video: Support the WoodGreen workers – Workers United

posted on October 17, 2014

Watch the video of Sid Ryan speaking with WoodGreen workers. After months of negotiations, workers from WoodGreen Community Services, voted on October 8th to take strike action after refusing the employer’s latest contract offer.

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Women Workers Making History – Then and Now OFL Statement for Women’s History Month – October 2014

posted on October 14, 2014

Since 1992, October has been recognized as Women History Month – a time to celebrate the incredible achievements of women. Canadian women have shaped and continue to shape our unions, our workplaces and our society with their strength, wisdom and courage.

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Sid Ryan’s President’s Report – October 2014

posted on October 8, 2014

Photo Gallery, Letter from the President, FEATURE: OFL Presses for Better Worker Protections, OFL and CLC Work to Strengthen Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP), OFL Making Headway on Important WSIB Policies, OFL offers Dialogue between Ontario NDP and Labour movement, and more.

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out 4 equality, November 20 – Ryerson University

posted on September 29, 2014

out 4 equality will assist LGBTQ activists, allies, human rights activists and union leadership participants to empower, support and mobilize LGBTQ members in our workplaces and communities across Ontario.

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OFL Aboriginal Educational Gathering – Nov 28-30, 2014

posted on September 26, 2014

The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) is holding its Aboriginal Educational Gathering from November 28, 29, and 30, 2014. The OFL and its affiliates have a long history of activism and lobbying on Aboriginal, Métis and Inuit issues. This is a Gathering that is reaching out to all non-Aboriginal People – labour and community, Aboriginal [...]

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James (Jim) Biros

posted on September 23, 2014

James (Jim) Biros, Executive Director of the Toronto Musicians’ Association, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Friday, September 19, 2014 at the age of 66. Jim’s loss will be shared by his family, all musicians and the live arts community, and the labour movement.

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Together We Can Stop CETA! Sept. 26 – Ottawa

posted on September 23, 2014

Together We Can Stop CETA! The text may be finished, but the fight’s just beginning! Friday, September 26 11:30 am – 1:00 pm Ottawa Assemble outside the Transport Canada building (330 Sparks Street) starting at 11:30 am March to Parliament Hill for a noon-time rally On September 26, officials from Canada and the European Union [...]

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Good Jobs Summit, October 3-5 – Toronto

posted on September 21, 2014

The Summit will kick off Friday with a panel featuring Unifor Economist Jim Stanford; Centre of Policy Alternatives Ontario Director Trish Hennessy; Globe and Mail columnist and financial expert Preet Banerjee and others.

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Save Canada Post Rally, September 20 – Toronto

posted on September 16, 2014

STOP Harper – Save Canada Post Rally, September 20, Toronto We need to STOP Harper’s plan to eliminate home mail delivery and set higher prices for postage. When: Saturday, September 20, 1:00 p.m. Where: 511 Lawrence Avenue West (Eglinton-Lawrence constituency office of MP & Finance Minister, Joe Oliver)

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OFL welcomes NDP federal minimum wage commitment

posted on September 13, 2014

The Ontario Federation of Labour welcomed the announcement today by the federal NDP that, if elected, an NDP government would reinstate the federal minimum wage, lay out a path to reaching $15 per hour, and index the federal minimum wage to inflation. OFL President Sid Ryan said that a $15 per hour federal minimum wage [...]

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This Labour Day, Ontario Is Benefiting from the “Union Advantage”

posted on August 29, 2014

By Sid Ryan A year from today, Canada could be in the throes of a federal election. Stephen Harper’s Conservatives have already started laying the groundwork for their re-election campaign, and two important themes are emerging: jobs and the economy. A key battleground will be Ontario. Our province is vital to Harper’s re-election plans, because [...]

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Ontario’s Union Advantage

posted on August 27, 2014

In Ontario the average hourly wage for union members is $29.22, a full $6.42 more per hour than their non-unionized co-workers, who only earn an average of $22.80 per hour.

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Take Action on Aboriginal Women Crisis, Demand Provincial and Territorial Federation of Labour Presidents

posted on August 27, 2014

(Charlottetown) The presidents of Canada’s provincial labour federations are joining growing demands for government action to address the missing and murdered aboriginal women crisis. “This is a national emergency and we need action from the federal and provincial governments, right away,” said Manitoba Federation of Labour President Kevin Rebeck to a meeting of Canada’s national [...]

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OFL Calls for Public Investigation of Racial Profiling by CBSA, OPP and MTO During Anti-Immigrant Raids

posted on August 21, 2014

The Ontario Federation of Labour shares the deep concern and outrage expressed by many human rights organizations about the recent arrests by Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) of undocumented workers during “a vehicle safety blitz”, which involved the Ontario Provincial Police and the Ontario Ministry of Transportation. The actions of the CBSA bear all the [...]

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Opening March of the Peoples’ Social Forum – Ottawa, Aug 21, 2014

posted on August 12, 2014

Join us for the Opening March of the Peoples’ Social Forum

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Occupational Disability Response Team (ODRT) Courses Across Ontario Fall 2014

posted on August 7, 2014

“Union Penalized in Accommodation Case”  - Is your organization at risk of being named in this headline? Unions are being held liable in return to work cases when they are the barrier to an accommodation. In a failure to accommodate, a lack of understanding of legal responsibilities is not an acceptable defence. The Occupational Disability [...]

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St. Catharines Black History Bus Trip, Aug 23 2014

posted on August 7, 2014

The Ontario Federation of Labour is proud to support this event.

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Ontario Federation of Labour Lends Its Support to Heal100Kids

posted on August 4, 2014

The Ontario Federation of Labour, representing over 1 million workers in the province, has thrown its support behind the Heal100Kids humanitarian project led by Palestinian physician Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish. The project hopes to bring 100 severely wounded children from war-torn Gaza to Canada for medical treatment. Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish is a Palestinian physician and the [...]

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Welcome Emancipation Day and Ride the Underground Freedom Train

posted on July 29, 2014

By Natasha Henry. Read more at http://teachingafricancanadianhistory.weebly.com/blog August 1st, 2014 is a significant date in African history for two reasons. It marks the 180th anniversary of the legislation that abolished the enslavement of Africans throughout British colonies. This year also marks the 100th anniversary of the formation of the Universal Negro Improvement Association by the [...]

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Demand That Israel Stop Bombing Civilians in Gaza, Ryan Urges Harper

posted on July 21, 2014

The Ontario Federation of Labour joins millions of Canadians who are shocked by the armed conflict between Israel and Hamas, which has created a nightmare for tens of thousands of civilians who are caught in the crossfire. “The Harper government’s policy is unbalanced toward Israel, and is completely out of step with Canadians’ views,” said [...]

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OFL Response to Wynne Budget: Government must go further to reverse austerity

posted on July 14, 2014

Statement from Sid Ryan, President of the Ontario Federation of Labour (Toronto, Ontario) – The Ontario Federation of Labour welcomes the measures in today’s budget that will make the province a better place for workers, but warns that it will continue to vigorously oppose all forms of privatization and cuts that unfairly place the burden [...]

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London Regional Social Forum – July 11, 2014

posted on July 8, 2014

  London Regional Social Forum Social Change Beyond the Ballot Box: The Future is Ours Indigenous Issues – Environmental Justice –  Human Rights/Social Justice Countering Global Austerity Effective Action/Movement Building Labour/Union Issues Live Music Workshops Attack on Democracy Food Sovereignty Monetary and Economic Transformation Equality/Inequality   Join us at: Lorne Avenue Public School (723 Lorne [...]

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Employment Insurance in Canada: Hitting Rock Bottom

posted on July 7, 2014

To mark the first contributions made to the unemployment insurance fund more than 73 years ago (July 1, 1941), the Public Service Alliance of Canada is launching “Employment Insurance in Canada: Hitting Rock Bottom”, a short animated video on the decline of the EI program over the last 25 years. “Since the 1990′s, the Employment [...]

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Cuban MP Mariela Castro Espin Presented OFL Workers’ Rights Award at World Pride

posted on June 28, 2014

Mariela Castro Espin Named OFL Outstanding Workers’ Rights Advances Award Recipient (World Pride – Toronto) The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) has presented Mariela Castro Espin of Cuba with the OFL Outstanding Workers’ Rights Advances Award for 2014. Ms. Castro Espin was presented the award by Sid Ryan, President of the OFL, at a reception [...]

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Peoples’ Social Forum – Ottawa, August 21-24, 2014

posted on June 25, 2014

A general assembly was held in Ottawa in January for the Peoples’s Social Forum, with representation from First Nations, people of colour, Quebec, student movements, unions, environmental groups and others. Organized labour was well represented at this assembly and the OFL’s Antoni Shelton strongly articulated that labour rights must be central to the process. The [...]

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National Aboriginal Day is significant to the Ontario Federation of Labour and its affiliates

posted on June 20, 2014

June 21 was proclaimed National Aboriginal Day by Canadian Parliament in 1996. Yet today, First Nations, Metis and Inuit and people throughout Canada continue to struggle for equality, justice and respect. Over 1.8 million people reported having an Aboriginal ancestry, or ancestors with an Aboriginal Identity in Canada in 2011 .More than 1.4 million people [...]

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Changes Fail to Protect Migrant Workers from Exploitation, says OFL

posted on June 20, 2014

Media Release June 20, 2014 For Immediate Release Changes Fail to Protect Migrant Workers from Exploitation, says OFL  Temporary Foreign Worker Program Promotes Harper’s “Low-Wage Agenda” (Toronto) The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) has long called for changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP), but the tinkering being put forward today by Employment and [...]

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Statement by Sid Ryan – OFL to Wynne: Keep your promises and build a more fair Ontario

posted on June 13, 2014

(Toronto, Ontario) – Today, a clear majority of Ontarians voted for fairness and against Hudak’s reckless cuts, costly tax giveaways to wealthy corporations, and wholesale firing of 100,000 public sector workers. This should serve as a warning to the Progressive Conservative Party that there is no appetite for emulating American Tea Party-style politics in this [...]

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Statement by Sid Ryan regarding the Toronto Sun editorial cartoon of June 5, 2014

posted on June 6, 2014

(Toronto) It is during election times like these that the Canadian spirit shines through. Our democracy relies upon a vigorous public debate, the freedom to express one’s beliefs and an independent news media that covers the issues fairly. What makes our civil society so strong is that we exercise our democratic freedoms in a peaceful [...]

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Ontario Common Front South Asian Awards

posted on June 2, 2014

The Ontario Common Front and the Ontario Federation of Labour hosted the South Asian Community Activism Awards 2014 on May 31 at the Sagan Banquet Hall in Mississauga. This year’s recipients for their outstanding contribution to the community were Naveen Mehta of the UFCW and Baldev Mutta of the Punjabi Community Health Services in Peel [...]

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Deadline for OFL’s Labour Post-Secondary Scholarships June 16, 2014

posted on June 1, 2014

The OFL will award two scholarships worth $2,000 each to a member or the child of a member of a local union affiliated to the OFL.  The scholarships are awarded in honour of distinguished trade union activists selected by OFL Affiliates. Eligible scholarship recipients must be entering, in September 2014, the first year of a [...]

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Injured Workers’ Day, June 1, 2014

posted on May 31, 2014

STATEMENT by Sid Ryan, President of the Ontario Federation of Labour The Ontario Federation of Labour and its affiliates stand in solidarity with everyone participating in this year’s Injured Workers’ Day. This annual event draws attention to the plight of the more than 230,000 men and women, and increasingly young workers, who are injured on [...]

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NEW TOOL: Interactive map documents job losses that would be caused by Hudak’s 100,000 public sector job cuts

posted on May 23, 2014

A new interactive map produced by CUPE-Ontario shows the estimated city-by-city job losses that would be caused by Hudak’s reckless plan to cut 100,000 public sector jobs. These job cuts would have devastating effects on public services across the province and lead to skyrocketing unemployment rates for many communities. For more details on the devastating [...]

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RELEASE: Expanded research on local impacts of Hudak’s reckless cuts highlights devastation that would be caused in smaller communities across Ontario

posted on May 22, 2014

(TORONTO) – New and expanded research shows that Hudak’s proposed cuts of 100,000 public sector jobs would have devastating effects across the province and lead to skyrocketing unemployment rates for many communities. Smaller communities outside of Toronto and Ottawa that rely disproportionately on public sector jobs to keep their economies moving will be hit hardest [...]

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RELEASE: New research reveals devastating city-by-city impacts of Hudak’s 100,000 job cuts

posted on May 22, 2014

(TORONTO) – New research shows that Hudak’s proposed cuts of 100,000 public sector jobs would have devastating effects across the province and lead to skyrocketing unemployment rates for many communities. The job cuts will introduce new and substantial threats to cities, such as London and Ottawa, which will face an estimated 7,116 and 11,159 job [...]

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STATEMENT: International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

posted on May 15, 2014

May 17, the Ontario labour movement stands in solidarity with lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer (LGBTQ) communities and affirms our ongoing commitment to fight against homophobia and transphobia. Read the OFL’s full statement here.“Standing Up! Speaking Out! Solidarity Against Hatred”      

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RELEASE: Hudak’s public sector layoffs would push Ontario to 9.7% unemployment levels and drive province into recession

posted on May 13, 2014

(TORONTO, ON) –  Conservative Leader Tim Hudak’s pledge to get rid of 100,000 public sector employees has stunned workers, families and communities across Ontario. It would be the biggest layoff ever to take place in Ontario and the OFL warns it will be ruinous to the economies of both urban and rural communities. Last month, [...]

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ADVISORY: Tonight’s Windsor Stop Hudak meeting now OPEN TO MEDIA

posted on May 13, 2014

CAMPAIGN TO STOP TIM HUDAK COMES TO WINDSOR WITH TUESDAY’S URGENT ALL-UNION MEETING  **MEDIA NOTE: Meeting is now OPEN to reporters (WINDSOR) ─ The province-wide campaign to stop Conservative Leader Tim Hudak and his attack on workers and the labour movement rolls into Windsor 6 p.m., Tues., May 13, for an urgent and large all-union [...]

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ADVISORY: Campaign to stop Tim Hudak comes to Windsor with Tuesday’s urgent all-union meeting

posted on May 11, 2014

(WINDSOR) ─ The province-wide campaign to stop Conservative Leader Tim Hudak and his attack on workers and the labour movement rolls into Windsor 6 p.m., Tues., May 13, for an urgent and large all-union meeting. With only weeks left to mobilize, Ontario’s labour movement is organizing for the fight of its life. It is warning [...]

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STATEMENT: Asian Heritage Month

posted on May 9, 2014

OFL STATEMENT ASIAN HERITAGE MONTH MAY 2014 May is Asian Heritage Month and has been designated in recognition of the important contributions of Asian Canadians to the settlement, growth and cultural development of Canada. One month is a short time to do justice to those who were instrumental in building and shaping Canada. Asians of [...]

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2014 Women Vote – Ready to roll

posted on May 7, 2014

The OFL election materials are ready for you to download, copy and use, use, use. The Women Vote Canvass Kit is always in high demand and is an important vehicle to ensure women’s voices are heard. Also included are the all-important Women’s Issue Sheets, and  Women’s Cafe materials. It’s all here for you so that together, [...]

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Ontario Pride events underway and upcoming

posted on May 7, 2014

Check the listings to see what is planned for your area and attend. See the list below or view the attachment. Out & Proud Labour. Everyone invited! MAY Guelph Pride May 3 – 10 www.guelphpride.com Elliot Lake Pride May 30 – June 1 www.elpride.ca Tri-Pride: Kitchener/Cambridge/Waterloo May 30-June 7 www.tri-pride.ca Pride Niagara (St. Catharines) May 30 [...]

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RELEASE: Sudbury tragedy: 2 miners killed. Government must act now!

posted on May 6, 2014

TWO MORE WORKERS KILLED IN SUDBURY TODAY OFL CALLS FOR IMMEDIATE ACTION TO END FATALITIES (TORONTO) -This morning’s death of two men at First Nickel Inc.’s Lockerby Mine near Sudbury has stunned the labour movement and spurred new demands for meaningful action. The deaths are reported by the company to be attributable to  “a fall [...]

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Postponed: OFL Aboriginal Educational Gathering, June 13-15, Toronto

posted on May 5, 2014

Postponed to November 28-30, 2014. OFL Aboriginal Educational Gathering OFL Offices 15 Gervais Drive Toronto, Ontario M3C 1Y8 Contact: Paulette Hazel, phazel@ofl.ca or 416-443-7667 or toll-free at 1-800-668-9138 ext 667 This gathering is for everyone, labour and community, First Nations, Métis and Inuit people and non-Aboriginal people. If you are concerned and interested in developing [...]

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RELEASE: Ontario Budget

posted on May 1, 2014

(TORONTO – OFL calls on parties not to miss opportunity to make real gains for Ontarians Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) President Sid Ryan acknowledges gains for working people in the most progressive budget this province has seen in recent years, but warns that a course correction is still needed away from austerity. “Ontarians are [...]

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OP ED: Hamilton Spectator Day of Mourning

posted on April 28, 2014

Read OFL President Sid Ryan’s Op Ed in today’s Hamilton Spectator on the Day of Mourning http://www.thespec.com/opinion-story/4486898-mourning-thousands-of-worker-s-deaths/  

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FACT SHEET: Why We Need a Day of Mourning: April 28, 2014

posted on April 25, 2014

Since the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act came into effect in October 1979, the following deaths and injuries have occurred in Ontario workplaces according to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (previously the Workers’ Compensation Board). See PDF below for table of statistics These fatality figures still do not reflect the true toll taken [...]

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STATEMENT: April 28, 2014 National Day of Mourning for Workers Killed or Injured on the Job. Mourn for the Dead and Fight for the Living

posted on April 25, 2014

This Monday, April 28, is the labour movement’s most solemn day. Thousands of workers, friends and families of those killed and injured on the job will gather at ceremonies across Ontario to pay tribute to fallen workers and to renew our call to “Fight for the Living.” In the last 25 days alone, as we [...]

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RELEASE: April 28, 2014 National Day of Mourning for workers killed or injured on the job

posted on April 25, 2014

(TORONTO) – Today’s release by the Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (WSIB) of the latest statistics on workplace death, injuries and illnesses is fuelling new demands for progress and change. Officially, the death toll now stands at 10,384 since 1979 when Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act began reporting. But the official numbers bear little [...]

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Province’s first official Equal Pay Day launches tomorrow amidst demands for action

posted on April 15, 2014

(TORONTO) – On the eve of the Ontario’s first official Equal Pay Day, April 16, unions, community groups and professional women’s organizations are issuing a call to Premier Kathleen Wynne to close Ontario’s gender pay gap for good. “No more waiting and no more excuses,” said the OFL’s Secretary-Treasurer Nancy Hutchison. “Ontario’s economy has for [...]

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ADVISORY: Campaign to stop Tim Hudak comes to Sarnia with Wednesday’s urgent all-union meeting

posted on April 15, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 14, 2014 ADVISORY: Campaign to stop Tim Hudak comes to Sarnia with Wednesday’s urgent all-union meeting (SARNIA) ─ A province-wide campaign, launched last month against Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak, will be rolling into Sarnia with an urgent all-union meeting 7 – 9 p.m., Wed., April 16. Calling Hudak’s claim that [...]

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Bullying Only Thrives When We are Silent: Anti-Bullying Day – April 9, 2014

posted on April 8, 2014

OFL STATEMENT April 8, 2014 Bullying Only Thrives When We are Silent: OFL Statement on the Day of Pink, Anti-Bullying Day – April 9, 2014 Bullying, and its traumatic consequences, remains a daily concern in the lives of too many people. The impact is often most targeted and most severe for LGBTQ youth (Lesbian, Gay, [...]

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ADVISORY: Campaign to stop Tim Hudak comes to Hamilton Region with Thursday’s urgent all-union meeting

posted on April 8, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 8, 2014 ADVISORY: Campaign to stop Tim Hudak comes to Hamilton Region with Thursday’s urgent all-union meeting (HAMILTON) ─ A province-wide campaign, launched last month against Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak, will be rolling into Hamilton with an urgent all-union meeting 7 – 9 p.m., Thurs., April 10. Calling Hudak’s claim [...]

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ADVISORY: Campaign to stop Tim Hudak comes to Peel Region with Tuesday’s urgent all-union meeting

posted on April 7, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 6, 2014 ADVISORY: Campaign to stop Tim Hudak comes to Peel Region with Tuesday’s urgent all-union meeting (PEEL REGION) ─ A province-wide campaign, launched last month against Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak, will be rolling into Peel Region with an urgent all-union meeting 7 – 9 p.m., Tues., April 8. Calling [...]

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ADVISORY: Campaign to stop Tim Hudak comes to Kitchener, Waterloo & Guelph with Monday’s urgent all-union meeting

posted on April 4, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 4, 2014 ADVISORY: Campaign to stop Tim Hudak comes to Kitchener, Waterloo & Guelph with Monday’s urgent all-union meeting (KITCHENER/WATERLOO/GUELPH) ─ A province-wide campaign, launched last month against Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak, will be rolling into Kitchener with an urgent all-union meeting Mon., April 7. Calling Hudak’s claim that he [...]

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ADVISORY: Campaign to stop Tim Hudak comes to North Bay with Saturday’s urgent all-union meeting

posted on April 3, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 3, 2014 ADVISORY: Campaign to stop Tim Hudak comes to North Bay with Saturday’s urgent all-union meeting (NORTH BAY, ON) ─ A province-wide campaign, launched last month against Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak, will be rolling into North Bay with an urgent all-union meeting Sat., April 5. Calling Hudak’s claim that [...]

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ADVISORY: Campaign to stop Tim Hudak comes to Peterborough with Thursday’s urgent all-union meeting

posted on April 2, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 2, 2014 ADVISORY: Campaign to stop Tim Hudak comes to Peterborough with Thursday’s urgent all-union meeting (PETERBOROUGH, ON) ─ A province-wide campaign, launched last month against Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak, will be rolling into Peterborough with an urgent all-union meeting Thurs., April 3. Calling Hudak’s claim that he has shelved [...]

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ADVISORY: Campaign to stop Tim Hudak comes to Thunder Bay with April 1 urgent all-union meeting

posted on April 1, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 1, 2014 ADVISORY: THUNDER BAY MEETING TONIGHT Campaign to stop Tim Hudak comes to Thunder Bay with April 1 urgent all-union meeting (THUNDER BAY, ON) ─ A province-wide campaign launched last month against Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak will be rolling into Thunder Bay with an urgent all-union meeting tonight, Tues., [...]

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Sid Ryan Op-Ed: Young People in Ontario Shouldn’t Have to Work For Less (Huffington Post, March 31, 2014)

posted on April 1, 2014

By: Sid Ryan Published on Mon Mar 31, 2014. Click here to view the original. Crown Holdings, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of food and beverage containers, is using its corporate might to create an underclass of young workers at its Toronto factory. After doubling its profits in 2012 to more than $200 million, [...]

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Cruise Boycott Expands: Anything But Carnival says Ontario Federation of Labour

posted on March 31, 2014

(TORONTO) – The boycott of Carnival Cruises gained significant new support and momentum today as the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) officially threw its support behind it. The one-million member OFL joins a growing list of supporters in endorsing the boycott to protest the role of Carnival’s chief executive in a nearly seven-month labour dispute [...]

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ADVISORY: Campaign to stop Tim Hudak comes to Niagara with Thursday’s urgent all union meeting

posted on March 24, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 24, 2014 ADVISORY: Campaign to stop Tim Hudak comes to Niagara with Thursday’s urgent all union meeting (ST. CATHARINES, ON) ─ A province-wide campaign launched last month against Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak will be rolling into Niagara with an urgent all-union meeting on Thursday, March 27. Calling Hudak’s claim that [...]

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ADVISORY: Campaign to stop Tim Hudak comes to Kingston with Tuesday’s urgent all union meeting

posted on March 21, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 21, 2014 ADVISORY: Campaign to stop Tim Hudak comes to Kingston with Tuesday’s urgent all union meeting (KINGSTON, ON) ─ A province-wide campaign launched last month against Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak will be rolling into Kingston with an urgent all-union meeting on Tuesday, March 25. Calling Hudak’s claim that he [...]

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ADVISORY: Campaign to stop Tim Hudak comes to Ottawa with Monday’s urgent all union meeting

posted on March 20, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 20, 2014 ADVISORY: Campaign to stop Tim Hudak comes to Ottawa with Monday’s urgent all union meeting (OTTAWA, ON) ─ A province-wide campaign launched last month against Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak will be rolling into Ottawa with an urgent all-union meeting on Monday, March 24. Calling Hudak’s claim that he [...]

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ADVISORY: Campaign to stop Tim Hudak comes to London with Thursday’s urgent all union meeting

posted on March 17, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 17, 2014 ADVISORY: Campaign to stop Tim Hudak comes to London with Thursday’s urgent all union meeting (LONDON, ON) ─ A province-wide campaign launched last month against Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak will be rolling into London with an urgent all-union meeting on Thursday, March 20. Calling Hudak’s claim that he [...]

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ADVISORY: Campaign to stop Tim Hudak comes to Sudbury with Tuesday’s urgent all union meeting

posted on March 13, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 13, 2014 ADVISORY: Campaign to stop Tim Hudak comes to Sudbury with Tuesday’s urgent all union meeting (SUDBURY, ON) ─ A province-wide campaign launched last month against Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak will be rolling into Sudbury with an urgent all-union meeting on Tuesday, March 18. Calling Hudak’s claim that he [...]

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ADVISORY: Ontario workers bring campaign to stop Tim Hudak to Toronto with Thursday’s urgent all union meeting

posted on March 5, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 5, 2014 ADVISORY: Ontario workers bring campaign to stop Tim Hudak to Toronto with Thursday’s urgent all union meeting (TORONTO, ON) ─ A province-wide campaign launched last week against Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak will be rolling into Toronto with an urgent all-union meeting on Thursday, March 6. Calling Hudak’s claim [...]

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Sid Ryan Op-Ed: Tim Hudak’s low-wage agenda is hiding in plain sight (Toronto Star, March 4, 2014)

posted on March 4, 2014

Tim Hudak’s low-wage agenda is hiding in plain sight Ontario PC leader Tim Hudak’s dropping of ‘right-to-work’ leaves the door open to pushing an anti-worker agenda by other means, says the head of the Ontario Federation of Labour. By: Sid Ryan Published on Tue Mar 04 2014. Click here to view the original. Tim Hudak’s [...]

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OFL Statement on International Women’s Day – March 8, 2014

posted on March 3, 2014

OFL STATEMENT March 6, 2014 Women Join the Fight Against Hudak’s Low-Wage Agenda: OFL Statement on International Women’s Day – March 8, 2014 As millions of women around the world observe International Women’s Day, the Ontario Federation of Labour will proudly celebrate the role that unions have played in elevating the living standards of all [...]

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OFL Statement: International RSI Awareness Day 2014

posted on February 27, 2014

Ergonomic Regulations are Needed to Prevent Repetitive Strain Injuries. OFL Statement: International RSI Awareness Day 2014 On Feb 28, we mark the 15th Annual International RSI Awareness Day. This day was created by injured workers and labour activists to bring awareness and action to the growing epidemic of repetitive strain injuries (RSIs) or musculoskeletal disorders [...]

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Young Workers Offer Solutions to Ontario’s Youth Unemployment Crisis

posted on February 26, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE February 27, 2014 Media Release Young Workers Offer Solutions to Ontario’s Youth Unemployment Crisis (Toronto, Ontario) – In response to the deepening youth jobs crisis, young workers from across Ontario are meeting in Toronto today to present recommendations for the provincial government on how to address youth unemployment and underemployment. “Too many young [...]

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ADVISORY: Campaign to stop Tim Hudak kicks off with urgent all union meeting in Durham

posted on February 25, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 25, 2014 ADVISORY: Campaign to stop Tim Hudak kicks off with urgent all union meeting in Durham (OSHAWA, ON) ─ Workers across Ontario are kicking off a province-wide campaign to defeat Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak with an urgent all union meeting in Oshawa this Thursday. Calling Hudak’s claim that he [...]

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RELEASE: Labour Warns Ontarians Not to Be Fooled by Hudak’s Changing Tune

posted on February 21, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 21, 2014 Labour Warns Ontarians Not to Be Fooled by Hudak’s Changing Tune (TORONTO, ON) ─ Organized labour vows not to be fooled by Hudak’s changing message on workers’ rights, and pledges to intensify plans to travel the province educating workers on his now “hidden” agenda. After losing to a mobilized [...]

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OFL Video – Toronto Rally for a $14 Minimum Wage

posted on February 16, 2014

On Family Day weekend, community members and labour activists brought a vibrant rally to the heart of Toronto’s retail sector to call on Premier Kathleen Wynne to raise the minimum wage to $14 and ensure decent work for Ontario families. Click here to watch the video: Add your support to the call for a $14 [...]

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Rally for $14 minimum wage in heart of Toronto retail sector

posted on February 14, 2014

For Immediate Release February 15, 2014 MEDIA RELEASE  Rally for $14 minimum wage in heart of Toronto retail sector TORONTO:  This Family Day weekend, community members and labour activists will continue to call on Premier Kathleen Wynne to raise the minimum wage to $14 and ensure decent work for Ontario families at a lively rally in [...]

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Niagara Falls Voters Reject Hudak’s Attack on Workers

posted on February 13, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 13, 2014 Niagara Falls Voters Reject Hudak’s Attack on Workers (NIAGARA FALLS, ON) ─ Tonight’s byelection win for the NDP in Niagara Falls demonstrates that voters have rejected Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak’s divisive attack on the province’s workers, says Ontario Federation of Labour President Sid Ryan. “Hudak’s embarrassing defeat in [...]

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Day of Action Across Ontario to Call for $14 Minimum Wage and a Fair Jobs Agenda

posted on February 12, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 12, 2014  MEDIA RELEASE  Day of Action Across Ontario to Call for $14 Minimum Wage and a Fair Jobs Agenda (TORONTO/ONTARIO) – This Family Day weekend, community members and labour activists will continue to call on Premier Kathleen Wynne to raise the minimum wage to $14 and ensure decent work for Ontario [...]

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Feb. 15 Rally for a $14 Minimum Wage

posted on February 4, 2014

This Family Day, Ontario families deserve a raise! Rally for a $14 minimum wage to lift working families out of poverty. Saturday, February 15, 2014 1 pm at Yonge and Dundas Square, Toronto Organized by the Campaign to Raise the Minimum Wage, the Ontario Federation of Labour and the Ontario Common Front. Other events will [...]

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Inflationary increases will protect minimum wage earners from falling behind, but $11 is not enough to work their way out of poverty

posted on January 30, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 30, 2013 Inflationary increases will protect minimum wage earners from falling behind, but $11 is not enough to work their way out of poverty (TORONTO, ON) ─ Today’s announcement by Premier Kathleen Wynne that minimum wage increases will be pegged to inflation is welcome news to the province’s one million workers [...]

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RELEASE: Yearlong Campaign to Raise Minimum Wage Delivers First Victory

posted on January 27, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 27, 2013 Yearlong Campaign to Raise Minimum Wage Delivers First Victory (TORONTO, ON) ─ After a yearlong campaign to raise the minimum wage, labour and community groups have secured an historic victory with the unanimous recommendation from Ontario’s Minimum Wage Advisory Panel to implement automatic annual increases to the minimum wage. [...]

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Postmedia News interviews Nancy Hutchison on workplace inquests

posted on January 24, 2014

Postmedia News produced a great 6-part series on public inquests. Part 5 features OFL Secretary-Treasurer Nancy Hutchison, who said that “History keeps repeating itself.” On the day she testified at the inquest into Justin Rogers’s death, she got an alert on her BlackBerry that two more mining workers had died in a “run of muck” [...]

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Celebrate African History Month with a Film viewing: Colour Me (A Documentary)

posted on January 21, 2014

Celebrate African History Month at a viewing of the amazing documentary film “Colour Me”. To register, visit: http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/colour-me-tickets-10175223367 To find out more about the film, visit: www.ColourMeTheFilm.com Date: Feb. 23, 2014 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm Place: Ontario Federation of Labour, 15 Gervais Dr. Auditorium, Toronto (Eglinton Ave. East at Don Mills Rd) Hosted [...]

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OFL’s 2014 Submission to Ontario’s Pre-Budget Consultations

posted on January 16, 2014

Below are the speaking notes of OFL President Sid Ryan to Ontario’s Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs. To download the OFL’s comprehensive pre-budget submission, click HERE. Introduction Thank you for having me here today. My name is Sid Ryan and I am the President of the Ontario Federation of Labour, which represents 54 [...]

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ADVISORY: OFL says lack of provincial protocols to blame for Ajax police shooting

posted on January 3, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 3, 2014 OFL says lack of provincial guidelines to blame for Ajax police shooting (AJAX, ON) – Breaking one month of silence following the tragic police shooting of a man in emotional distress, the family of Michael MacIsaac will be holding a vigil Saturday night to remember Michael and demand justice [...]

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